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Americas,  Brazil

5 Reasons You Will Love Brazil

This third instalment in this series is about a country that I just felt so comfortable in: Brazil. What’s so great?

Reasons why I love Brazil
Ilha Grande, RJ province

1. The laid-back vibe

Brazil just doesn’t seem to care what people think of it. The lifestyle is laid-back, the pace of life is slow, and Havaiana flip-flops and skimpy clothing are the order of the day. Regardless of body shape or age, people wear what they like, show their personalities and seem to have a relaxed attitude that I found very reassuring. There’s something great about feeling like you won’t be judged.

Reasons why I love Brazil
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

2. The nature

I’ll be honest: I haven’t even scratched the surface of Brazil, not really. My travels have taken me from Rio de Janeiro, down the coast to Ilha Grande and Paraty and then inland to Iguaçu Falls, but I have seen some incredible landscapes on the way. South-eastern Brazil has tropical mountains, lush rainforest, rocky islands and gorgeous waterfalls, not to mention the hummingbirds, flowers and everything else along the way. One day I’d love to go back and see the Pantanal wetlands and the Amazon rainforest. It is just an incredible country.

Reasons why I love Brazil
The stupendous Cataratas do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls), on the southern border with Argentina

3. The caipirinhas!

Yes, OK, I’m going to mention alcohol! Brazil gave us the caipirinha, that sour, often lime-based drink made with cachaça sugarcane liqueur. I love a good sour drink, and caipirinhas are perfectly suited to the vibe and climate of Brazil. They are everywhere, and in many different flavours. Somehow they just don’t taste the same at home!

Caipirinha - Vodka tonic
Brazil’s gift to the world!

4. The colour

Think of Brazil and you might think of tropical flowers, flamboyant samba dancers, green mountains and blue sea, or even the brightly-coloured dresses of the city and bikinis of the beaches. Brazil loves colour and I love colour, so we couldn’t really go far wrong.

Reasons why I love Brazil
Samba, Rio de Janeiro
Reasons why I love Brazil
Pousada (guest house) on Ilha Grande

5. The music

Now, to be fair, we did get rather a lot of “The Girl from Ipanema” during our 2 weeks in Brazil. But there was so much more to go with it, all played by jazzy musicians (or their CDs!) in the restaurants and bars of Brazil. There was a constant musical backdrop that just went perfectly with the vibe of the country. I do think they could have played “Copacabana” a few more times, though!

Fête - Landscape Lighting
Laid-back beach evenings, Ilha Grande – to the soundtrack of Brazil

So there you have it – the reasons why I love Brazil. What’s your favourite country? And why?

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5 Reasons why I love Brazil!

I'm Jill, and I'm a British blogger who has been travelling for two decades, visiting more than 70 countries on 6 continents. I love to travel both solo and with groups, and to discover the cultures and peoples of the countries I visit. And I love to share a good story or two along the way!


  • Lula Aventura

    Ah yes the delicioussss Caipis!! Again, I agree with a lot of what you’re saying, Ilha Grande is dreamy dreamy. If you liked Brazil, you should head to Colombia it’s very similar (open people, super laid back, love music and dancing) but as it’s just recently become safe, it’s like they’re extra excited and happy to have you. A total pleasure to travel around.

  • Atul Chauhan

    Great article, Brazil has always been there on my bucket list. Now it’s vibe attracting even more!

  • Manuela Xavier

    Paraty is an amazing city! To tell the truth, all of Brazil is very beautiful, it is worth getting to know every little part of this country. And well, for those wanting to visit Rio de Janeiro and Paraty like you did, a good one is taking a bus! In this website: https:// brazilbustravel .com you can buy bus tickets online, with no need for Brazilian documents. I hope it was helpful!

    • Jill Bowdery

      That’s a great idea Manuela, thanks for the suggestion! I LOVED Paraty, it was one of my favourite places I visited. So pretty, and the islands are gorgeous too!

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